Course Title: Produce prints

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: VART5994C

Course Title: Produce prints

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5234 - Diploma of Visual Art

Course Contact : Ninna Cikoja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:TAFEArt@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Deborah Williams

deborah.williams@rmit.edu.au

Ph: 9925 4215

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

It is highly recommended that this unit be assessed in conjunction with the following units:

  • CUVCOR03B Develop, refine and communicate concept for own work
  • CUVCOR08B Produce drawings to represent and communicate the concept
  • CUVCOR12B Review history and theory for application to artistic practice.
Depending on the context, combined assessment and/or training with a range of other units would also be appropriate, e.g.:
  • CUVCRS08B Document the work progress
  • CUVCRS14B Prepare, store and maintain finished work.

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to produce prints through the exploration and application of a range of techniques, tools, equipment and materials. As such the course covers a range of techniques. It is a specialisation unit and refers to a specific art form.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVVSP45B Produce prints

Element:

Explore printmaking techniques to plan work

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess the capabilities of techniques, tools equipment and materials for different types of prints.
2.2 Use and/or combine different techniques, tools, equipment and materials to determine and extend capabilities.
2.3 Determine the conceptual vision for the proposed prints based on
exploration of different techniques or from supplied information.
2.4 Establish criteria for the selection of techniques to meet the conceptual vision.
2.5 Select techniques based on the conceptual vision.
2.6 Plan work, identifying work processes and resource requirements.

Element:

Prepare and maintain resources for the production of prints

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Correctly identify and select tools, equipment and materials required for the production of prints
1.2 Prepare, clean and maintain tools, equipment and materials in accordance with relevant workplace procedures and safety requirements
1.3 Organise and maintain workspace so that it remains clean and safe.
1.4 Store tools, equipment and materials in accordance with relevant workplace procedures and safety requirements.

Element:

Realise prints

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Organise the resources required for the production of the proposed prints based on the plan of work.
3.2 Safely use and adapt techniques, tools, equipment and materials appropriately to realise the conceptual vision.
3.3 Identify potential different approaches that may enhance the final work and incorporate these into the work process.


Learning Outcomes


This course will provide you with a focus on the acquisition of essential industry skills.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Prepare and maintain physical resources for the production of prints
  • Use and test print making techniques
  • Produce prints.

You will also have an understanding of:
  • Occupational health and safety procedures
  • Physical properties and capabilities of the most commonly used materials, tools and equipment
  • Techniques, materials and tools and the way they can be adapted and extended in print making work
  • Approaches to print making and the work of key practitioners
  • Elements and principles of design (introductory level)
  • Historical and theoretical contexts (introductory level)
  • Copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues.


Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:
1.  In-class activities:
•    lectures
•    teacher directed group activities/projects
•    class exercises to review discussions/lectures
•    group discussion
•    class exercises to review discussions/lectures
•    studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:
•    practical exercises
•    reading articles and excerpts
•    preparing for discussion
•    project work
•    independent research

You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and industry guests speak about professional practice




You will be introduced to the unique possibilities inherent in printmaking processes, with a focus on relief (lino and woodcut) and stencil / collagraph / monoprinting for the exploration of notions of duplication, difference and variation, via practical demonstrations of a selection of printmaking techniques.
The course is also designed to motivate and involve students in analytical thinking about visual perceptions, and to engage in objective evaluation and study.
Set projects will address ideas and concepts, materials and methods of production and health and safety issues within the print studio.

Please note: Students are required to supply their own personal protective equipment, i.e apron, solvent resistant gloves, safety glasses and sturdy shoes.


Teaching Schedule

Week 1 - Introduction to Semester 2
               Health & Safety, conventions and terminology.
               Overview of semester delivery.
               Project 1 Reduction Linoleum cut

Weeks 2 - 5
              Project 1 Reduction Linoleum cut

Weeks 6 - 9
              Project 2 Collograph / Stencil & Monoprint

Week 10
               Tutorials

Week 11 - 15
               Woodcut printing

Week 16
              General Studio and folio preparation

Week 17 -18
              Folio Assessment

Please note that the weekly time frame indicated above may alter due to group needs or supplies.
Staff will endeavour to give students ample warning of any alterations.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

You will be required to have your materials purchased prior to the commencement of the project. Please refer to the materials list provided at enrolment

A set of linoleum tools Speedball is a great brand or a 6 or 12 wooden handle linoleum cutting tool set. It is not recommended you purchase a cheaper brand.

It is recommended these tools are purchased from either of the following as they give student discounts and offer the best price and quality.

      Melbourne Etching Supplies: 33A St David’s Street Fitzroy 3065 p. 9419 5666
      Neil Wallace: 44 – 46 Greaves Street Fitzroy 3065 p 9419 5949


Ansell Sol- Vex Nitrile gloves
Safety glasses
Apron
Sturdy covered shoes.


References

All students have access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources, with the State Library being on RMIT’s doorstep.

Recommended texts:
‘Imprint’ quarterly publication of the Print Council of Australia.
Lambert, Susan, Print: art and technique, V&A Publications, London, 2001.
McCann, M., Artist Beware, Watson-Guptill, New York, 1979.
Petardi, A. Printmaking, London, 1959.
Grishin, Sasha, Australian Printmaking in the 1990s, Craftsman House, Sydney 1979
Simmons, Rosemary., Dictionary of printmaking terms, London : A. & C. Black, 2002.
Ross and Romano. The Complete printmaker New York, Free Press 1972
Westley, Anne. Relief printing London, Atc Black 2000
D'arcy Hughes, Ann &  Vernon-Morris, Hebe The printmaking bible : the complete guide to materials and techniques San Francisco, Calif. : Chronicle Books, 2008   
Noyce, Richard. Printmaking at the edge  London : A. & C. Black, 2006   
Watrous Madison, James. American printmaking : a century of American printmaking, 1880-1980 , Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, 1984
mprint quarterly publication of the Print Council of Australia
Lambert, Susan, Print: Art and Technique, V&A Publications, London, 2001
McCann, M. Artist Beware, Watson - Guptill, New York, 1979
Petardi, A. Printmaking, London, 1959
Grishin, Sasha. Australian Printmaking in the 1990’s, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1979
Simmons, Rosemary, Dictionary of printmaking terms, London, A & C Black, 2000
Westley, A Relief printing, Atc Black, London. 2000

Printmaking supplies are available from the following
Melbourne Etching Supplies, 33A St David Street, Fitzroy
Neil Wallace Art Supplies, Greeves Street, Fitzroy


Other Resources

You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings and visit galleries outside of your learning environment. RMIT school of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.

Art Almanac provides a comprehensive listing of galleries and exhibitions throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria however you should become familiar with the following print specific bodies:
• Print Room: NGV International, 180 St. Kilda Road
• Print Council of Australia: 42 Courtney Street, North Melbourne 3051: ph. 9328 8991
• Australian Print Workshop: 210 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy 3065: ph. 9419 5466
• Firestation Print Studio: 2 Willis Street, Armadale 3143: ph. 9509 1782
• Peter Lancaster Press: 14 Eames Street, Brooklyn: ph. 9314 3036
• Port Jackson Press Australia:
      Print Room: 59-61 Smith Street, Fitzroy 3066: ph. 9419 8988
     
All students have access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources, with the State Library being on RMIT’s doorstep.

Printmaking supplies are available from the following:
• Melbourne Etching Supplies: 33A St David’s Street Fitzroy 3065 p. 9419 5666
• Neil Wallace: 44 – 46 Greaves Street Fitzroy 3065 p 9419 5949
• Magnani Papers: 40 Buckley Street, Footscray, VIC 3011. p: (03) 9689 5660 f: (03) 9689 5640 ..

Please note: You are required to supply your own personal protective equipment, i.e. apron, solvent resistant gloves (Nitrile), safety glasses & sturdy covered shoes.

RMIT is in close proximity to a broad range of Melbourne galleries and cultural venues, and professional printmaking workshops and suppliers are also readily accessible.
Art Almanac - provides a comprehensive listing of galleries and exhibitions throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria, however, you should become familiar with the following Print specific bodies:

  • Print Room, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
  • Print Council of Australia, 42 Courtney Street, North Melbourne 3051 ph: 9328 8991
  • Australian Print Workshop, 210 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy 3065 ph: 9419 5466
  • Firestation Print Studio, 2 Willis Street, Armadale 3143. ph: 9509 1782
  • Peter Lancaster Press, 14 Eames Street, Brooklyn  ph: 9314 3036
  • Port Jackson Press 61 Smith Street, Fitzroy 3066 ph: 9419 8988
  • Australian Galleries, Works on Paper, 50 Smith Street, Collingwood 3066 ph 9417 0800


Overview of Assessment

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following evidence of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment. On completion of this course, you will receive graded assessment.

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge.

Your ability to produce prints will be assessed by:

  • Participation and practical demonstration of class based activities culminating in the practical demonstration of an ability to select and apply appropriate techniques and   media to communicate a concept.
  • Observation (with questions and answers) of safe and healthy preparation & maintenance of equipment, materials and work spaces. This is conducted three times per semester.
  • Review of visual journal by teacher/assessor against specified criteria
  • Review of portfolio of prints by a group of teachers/assessors.
Assessment must take place over a period of time in order to determine competence in the ongoing implementation and monitoring aspects of this course.


Assessment Tasks

Students ability to Produce Prints will be assessed by:

Participation and practical demonstration of class based activities culminating in the practical demonstration of an ability to select and apply appropriate techniques and media to communicate a concept.
Observation (with questions and answers) of the demonstration of safe and healthy preparation, use and maintenance of equipment, materials and work spaces in the workshops and studio.
Review of visual journal which includes relevant research, (drawings, visual investigation engagement in contemporary and historical print practice), by teacher / assessor.
Review of portfolio of prints related to class projects by a group of teachers / assessors.
Completion of OH & S workbook and compliance documentation.
To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.


Project 1 –  Visual text – Reduction linocut
Outcome:
•    A minimum of 3 preparatory drawings
•    Completion of one resolved image editioned at a minimum of 5 prints, using four colours
(you can include white)
•    Journal with conceptual, visual & technical research.
•    OH & S Workbook
Due date: End of Semester 2
Week:       18

Project 2 -  Collograph, monoprints and / or stencils
Outcome:
•    A minimum of 3 preparatory drawings and/ or collages
•    Completion of a series of 5 unique state prints – they can be related in theme or size or be
     very different from each other.
•    Journal with conceptual, visual & technical research.
•    OH & S Workbook
Due date: End of Semester 2
Week:       18

Project 3 -  Woodcut
Outcome:
•   A minimum of 3 preparatory drawings
•   Completion of one resolved image editioned at a minimum of 5 prints.
•   Journal with conceptual, visual & technical research.
•    OH & S Workbook
Due date: End of Semester 2
Week:       18

For all projects: Students will be required to document in their Journals;
techniques with visual exploration and experimentation.
Conceptual development
Preparatory drawings

Complete your OH&S workbook including OH&S compliance documentation;
process specific procedures,
use of materials and equipment.


Assessment Matrix

Assessment Evidence
Element
Essential
Skills
Essential
Knowledge
Critical
Aspects
Visual Diary
  • record the development of your ideas into materials and processes eg working drawings, technical considerations
  • demonstrate and record your brainstorming in order to find interesting visual and conceptual solutions.
  • engagement of contemporary and historical artistic practice eg’s of relevant artists
  • should include items of interest and relevance both written and visual eg exhibition reviews/articles
     NB It should not merely be a scrapbook
  1.  Prepare and maintain resources for the production of prints.
  2. Explore printmaking techniques to plan work.
  3. Realise prints
 
  • environmental issues associated with the tools and materials used in prints.
  • general knowledge of the historical and theoretical contexts of prints
  • awareness of copyright, moral rights and intellectual property issues
  • organisational and legislative occupational health and safety procedures in relation to printmaking
 
Printmaking Folio
  • class set projects
    2. Explore printmaking   techniques to plan work .
    3. Realise prints
  
  • ways of exploring, adapting and combining techniques and materials to achieve different effects in printmaking.
  • the physical properties and capabilities of the range of materials, tools and equipment used in printmaking
  • general knowledge of the formal elements and principles of design and their specific application to the production of prints
 production of prints which demonstrates a command of selected techniques and which is consistent with the conceptual vision.
Group Tutorial
  • engage in and contribute to class discussion
  • discuss the printing processes in the production of a series of prints which is consistent to the related investigation.
2. Explore printmaking processes to plan work 
  knowledge of materials and tools and how they are used and extended in printing. 
Observation of Performance
  • familiarisation with the use of tools and equipment
  • understanding the cleaning and maintaining of tools and equipment
  • understanding various print techniques introduced in class
  1. Prepare and maintain resources for the production of prints.
  2. Explore printmaking techniques to plan work
  3. Realise prints
  • literacy skills sufficient to read product and safety labels
  • numeracy skills sufficient to calculate quantities, cost and process times.
  • environmental issues associated with the tools and materials used in prints
  • cleaning and maintenance techniques for tools and equipment used in printmaking
  • work space requirements for printmaking, including ways of organising and maintaining space 
  • organisational and legislative occupational health and safety procedures in relation to printmaking.
knowledge of materials and tools and how they are used and extended in printmaking.

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